Howard H. Baker, Jr. was sworn in as the 26th (13th post-WWII) U.S. Ambassador to Japan on June 26, 2001. He presented his credentials to Emperor Akihito on July 5, 2001.
Ambassador Baker served in the United States Senate from 1967 until January of 1985, and as President Reagan's Chief of Staff from February 1987 until July of 1988. He was born in Huntsville, Tennessee on November 15, 1925.